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‘Many more steps’ before vaccine can be rolled out

Health Secretary Matt Hancock said that while latest trials showing the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was 90% effective were “very promising”, there were many more steps to be taken before it is rolled out.

Speaking on Sky News, he warned that people still had to follow the current restrictions until the vaccine is found to be safe and licensed for use.

Mr Hancock added: “This is very promising news but it is one step of many that we need to take to get out of this and to tackle this pandemic once and for all.

“I think it is absolutely reasonable for people to see this as a step forward but we have got to know this is one step amongst many that we collectively need to take.

“The critical thing is that for all your viewers is that we all keep our resolve on measures that are currently in place now because it will still take some time for this good news that the Pfizer vaccine is around 90% effective, to proving its safety, being able to license it, and then the vast task, which obviously we have been working on for some time, of making sure that everybody in the population can get the jab.”

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